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From Psychiatry to Clinical Neuroscience: Four Inconvenient Truths

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 8/20/2015

Expiration Date: 8/20/2018

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Physician: 1
  • Participation: 1

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Each year more people are receiving more treatments for mental disorders yet there is no evidence of a commensurate reduction in the morbidity or mortality of any mental illness. While there are many potential reasons for this apparent disconnect between treatment and public heath impact, we must consider that our current approaches are not sufficient for the severity or complexity of mental disorders. This lecture will suggest some different approaches, including changing our diagnostic system to move beyond symptoms and changing our therapeutic strategies to move recent revolution in neuroscience. Modern neuroscience gives us new ways of addressing mental disorders as circuit disorders and suggest that successful treatments (via psychotherapies, devices, or medications) can be re-conceptualized as circuit tuning based on the inherent plasticity of the human brain. The transition to clinical neuroscience means that we will use insights about brain development and plasticity along the with new tools for mapping brain structure and function to offer our patients new opportunities for prevention, recovery, and cures.

**This content was captured at the 2014 APA Annual Meeting


  • General Member - $15.00
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Medical Student Member - $15.00
  • Non-Member - $30.00

Educational Objectives

  • Identify major innovations that will impact approaches for treating mental illness 
  • Describe the role of circuitry in the biology of mental illness 
  • Describe a new approach to diagnosis and treatment of mental illness

Target Audience

Residents/Fellows and Psychiatrists

Estimated Time to Complete

1 Hour

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 100% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the date of completion and hours earned. 


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Thomas R. Insel, M.D., National Institute of Mental Health | Disclosure: Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests

Program Planners:

  • Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association | Disclsoure: Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • Ricardo Juarez, Associate Director, Office of International Affairs, American Psychiatric Association | Disclosure: Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests

Hardware/Software Requirements

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Optimal System Configuration

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+ 
  • Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+ 
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
  • Macintosh:  Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit

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